I chose to analysis Fra Andrea Pozzo painting Glorification of Saint Ignatius. This painting is done on the ceiling in the nave of Sant’Ignazio, Rome, 1691-1694. Pozzo was a lay brother of the Jesuit order, which was formed after the Protestants Reformation by the Council of Trent. The Jesuit order was founded based on absolute Obedience by St. Ignatius of Loyola. So it’s a no wonder that Pozzo was the one to paint this beautiful piece of art.
Pozzo painting is used to introduce the High Baroque style with it’s limitless space, energy, restless motions, dynamic mass, and blast open ceilings. The figures in this painting are rushing upwards towards the heavens. In particular you see Saint Ignatius being welcomed at the gates of heaven from Christ himself.
I chose this painting mainly because it is an illusionist ceiling, how artist were able to paint these still amazes me. I liked how Pozzo made it look like everyone was doing something, like the painting is in constant motion. along with that he did and amazing job his use of color and how you would interpret going into heaven. Towards the bottom of the painting the figures are darker almost like they are unsure or the angels are keeping them away and as you get closer to the top everything gets lighter and you can finally see the entrance to Heaven with Christ standing there to great you.